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Kent State Trumbull’s Link Gallery Welcomes Cleveland-based Artist

Kent State University at Trumbull’s Link Gallery will present “Immutable Vapor,” an exhibition of paintings by Cleveland-based artist and Kent State alum Mark Keffer. The exhibit begins Jan. 23 and runs through Feb. 16.

Keffer earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Kent State in 1988 and then completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at Ohio State University.

He describes his work as a balancing act, influenced by the ancient philosophical treatise of the Tao Te Ching, pairing existential austerity with a playful visual approach. He creates imagery that, while nearly abstract, is suggestive of both the celestial and the microscopic.

Keffer is interested in the dual nature of life (easy/difficult, joyous/painful) and how these opposing states are dependent on each other based on context. He says he hopes his viewers will respond to the work in a contemplative manner, in a sphere of philosophical questioning. More information about his work can be found at

“As we navigate a world of turmoil, I believe our best hope is to look inward to recalibrate our understanding of our better selves,” he says.

The Link Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 3-7 p.m. and is located in Kent State Trumbull’s Classroom/Administration Building at 4314 Mahoning Ave. N.W. in Warren. The gallery will host an artist’s reception Jan. 25 from 4-5:30 p.m.